Martin Luther King Jr. was one of America’s most committed social activist in history. He fought for equality, freedom, and justice for all by organizing communities to apply principles of non-violence in order to achieve civil rights domestically. Dr. King devoted his life to social justice and taught us that through service, America’s issues of prejudice, discrimination, and poverty could be overcome. Monday, January 18th will commemorate another day of service in order to address our community’s needs and to continue to fulfill Dr. King’s dream of equality, known as the “Beloved Community”. Volunteers will gather across the country to celebrate the 2010 MLK Day of Service by getting involved in local and national direct service projects. Below are some projects and events that readers can not only celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, but also participate by serving in the Chicago area. If you’re still having trouble finding a service project, go to www.serve.gov/mlkday.asp
and enter the location of your choice to serve. Also, www.mlkday.gov
, the official site for the 2010 MLK Day of Service, has published many resource tools and kits to organize your group for the special celebration including tips on partnership building, fundraising, and a service-learning guide for schools and organization.
Service Project with Cabrini Connections
City Year Chicago’s MLK Day 2010
Monday, January 18th 8:30am-4:00pm
***Participants, youth, and parents will leave from Cabrini Connections at 7:30am and travel on the Blue & Green lines. We will return no later than 5pm. Talk to Bradley for more information
Location: Wadsworth Elementary School, 6420 S. University Avenue
Service will be completed at multiple locations, transportation will be provided. All volunteers will return to Wadsworth Elementary School for closing ceremony and rally.
Contact: Corey Rateau for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-423-7168
Chicago City-Wide Service Project
Chicago Cares Celebration of Service 2010 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Saturday, January 16th, 8:00am-3:30pm, check in at 7:45am
***Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you won’t mind getting dirty.
Location: Union Station Great Hall (enter through Jackson Blvd)
Project sites will vary across the city at multiple locations
Contact: Erin Sutton for more information, email@example.com
Celebration & Recognition Events in Chicago
“March Against Poverty and For Equality: Realizing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream”
Saturday, January 16th, 12noon
There will be a short rally and march through the Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and Washington Park neighborhoods. The march will be followed by warm refreshments and a panel discussion that will consist of people with knowledge of issues involved with poverty and equality.
Location: First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Hyde Park
Sponsored by: Becoming We the People, the Social Justice Council of Hyde park, and Centro Comunitario in South Chicago
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Life & Legacy”
Saturday, January 16th, 1:30pm
The celebration will include performances from the New Revelation Community Choir and other local choirs, dance troupes, and artists. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Alderman Joe Moore will be in attendance.
Location: Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard Street, Rogers Park
Sponsored by: Work of Faith Ministries, Inc.
“Still I Rise: Martin Luther King Commemoration Service”
Friday, January 15th, 3:00pm
Service will include a keynote address by Dr. Melissa Harris-Lacewell, American writer, political scientist, and associate professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University.
Location: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Hyde Park
Sponsored by: University of Chicago
“34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration”
Thursday, January 21st, 12noon
The celebration will include a keynote address by Jeff “Cousin Jeff” Johnson, political commentator, motivational speaker, and television personality.
Location: University of Chicago Memorial Hospital, 5841 S. Maryland Avenue, Hyde Park
Sponsored by: University of Chicago
Sunday, January 17th, 2:00pm
Monday, January 18th, TBA
Palmer Park is a Tony-award winning play that tells the story of a Detroit neighborhood that struggle to uphold the ideal of racial segregation.
Location: Mussetter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston
The 2nd performance will be at the Josephine Louis Theater of Evanston, 20 Arts Circle Drive
Sponsored by: The Theater and Interpretation Center of Northwestern University
Contact: TIC Box Office, 847-467-2426
Community Organizing Training
Sunday, January 17th, all day
In recognition of the Dr. MLK 2010 Celebration of Evanston, the Northwestern Community Development Corps will hold a community organizing training open to 100 participants. The training will be facilitated by Alex Lofton, the Southern Director for Organizing for America. For information regarding time and location,
Contact: Daniel Miller, 847-491-4522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Defining the Dream: Health Care as a Civil Right, Human Right, or Market Commodity?”
12th Annual MLK Day Commemoration and Reflection
Monday, January 18th, 10:30am
The event will include guest speaker Prof. Dorothy Roberts, visiting professor of Northwestern University Law School.
Location: 1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Sponsored by: DePaul University College of Law
“DuSable Museum Presents Martinmas Day: Martin Luther King Day of Celebration”
Monday, January 18th, 10:00am-6:00pm
The museum will host events including:
“To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” a performance by the The Hansberry Baldwin Ensemble at 11:00am and 12:30pm
“A Drum Major for Justice” a performance by the Imani African Dance & Drum Troupe at3:30pm
“We Were Also There” a special symposium moderated by the award-winning journalist and television personality Merri Dee which will focus on local activists who will share their stories of the Civil Rights Movement at 4:00pm.
“Youth Non-Violence Forum” at 5:00pm.
Location: DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Hyde Park
Co-sponsored by: Harper Court Arts Council
Ticket prices: $8 Adults, $5 Children, $6 Members
“MLK Celebration 2010 Keynote Lecture Dr. Michael Eric Dyson”
Wednesday, January 27th, 5:00pm
Loyola University will host Dr. Dyson, American author, radio host, and professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, who has authored over 20 books of social and political commentary
Location: Galvin Auditorium, Sullivan Center, 6339 N. Sheridan Road
Sponsored by: Loyola University Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and University Ministry